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  1. Duane Arnold says:


    Praying for God’s blessing on you and yours in this coming year…

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you…my fellow feeder of the brethren!

  3. Randy says:

    Just to let you know, I have not gone anywhere. I just don’t have much to say. It’s been a strange year and I have just been silent.

    The sense of loss is cumulative. The loss of wellbeing wraps around us like a python. I pray that we have a much better new year! I hope we can overcome the objections to our lives.

  4. Michael says:


    Well said…the sense of loss is indeed cumulative.
    Praying that the new year brings new joy for you and yours…

  5. Em says:

    Reading this post with a picture is floating around in my head of thousands of redeemed souls walking around heaven or wherever God assigns, with their own collection from the animal kingdom. … It is a pleasant concept. . horse, don’t step on the cat .. ? thank you for the smile….
    Praying that, as your days, so shall your strength be, Michael

  6. Michael says:

    That’s a blessed picture, Em…and one that comforts me.
    Thank you for being here…

  7. Paige says:

    It is interesting that Jesus says He would pray that our FAITH would not fail…. Not our health, wealth, family, marriage, career, theology, etc, but our FAITH. 1 Peter ch 1 calls our faith Precious…. like we call babies precious or diamonds and gold ‘precious’…. Our Faith…. that confidence in the Unseen…. and His attributes….

    Amen. Life is hard. God is good. Never confuse the two….

    My meditation this year has been Hebrews 2:1 “we must pay much closer heed to the things we have heard, LEST WE DRIFT”….

    Blessed and beautiful new year Michael and cats…

  8. Michael says:

    To you as well my dear Paige…

  9. judy says:

    Well said, Michael. I feel your pain.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, Judy…I know you do….

  11. The Dude says:

    May Micheal and his little fur tribe be blessed this coming year.

  12. Jean says:

    May the Lord grant you, Michael, a leaf that does not wither.

  13. Michael says:

    Dude, Jean…blessings to you as well…

  14. pstrmike says:

    Great post. Not knowing what to wish/pray for you in 2019 other than that we many know Him

    New Year’s blessings

  15. Michael says:

    Thanks, pstrmike…to you as well…

  16. Linnea says:

    Sigh…still reading Ravenhill. He talks about pastors who suffer great loss, though persist because of the their faith in Christ and their love of the Church. It sounds like you’ve had that kind of year, Michael, but I know our Lord has taken account and has you in the palm of his hand.

  17. Jim says:


    During a few of the political conversations here this year, I’ve been rude and unkind to you. It was uncalled for, and you don’t need any grief from me.

    I’m very sorry.

  18. Michael says:

    Amen, Linnea…

  19. Michael says:


    You’re one of the finest persons that I’ve been blessed to know here.
    I probably deserved whatever I got and I hold no offense at all.
    I’m just glad you’re still here after all these years…

  20. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, may our gracious Lord strengthen you to continue feeding the long-time family members and the strays, feline and human, throughout the next year.

  21. Jtk says:

    Love you, bro.

    I’m praying for you. The loss of people/loved ones, from death, rejection and the like is one of the hardest things we deal with in life.

    I’m sorry 2018 has kept me away largely.
    Keep going. Especially in life and the faith.

    Don’t let offense harm your heart.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  22. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK, and JTK…blessings to you both and thanks for being part of this community…

  23. dusty says:

    Hey big brother! May the Lord have mercy on you in the new year, may your cup overflow. May your health be strong as your faith. may your finance and friends be great. all of us at PP love you and pray for you often. may God hear our prayers and your heart. May you be blessed beyond measure. You are a good man Michael and I hate seeing your heart break all the time. may this new year bring you great things.

  24. Michael says:

    God bless, you, my friend…and may He bring you great things this year as well.

  25. JoelG says:

    This place is a place for strays in the faith. Strays can be difficult and ornery, for different reasons. Christianity is a mix of discouragement and hope for me. I still have a lot to wrestle with. Thank you for being a big part of that this last year. All the best to you Michael.

  26. Michael says:

    Thank you, JoelG…we’ll continue to wrestle together…

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